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Director's Column

From the Director Written by:
Samuel J. Gerdano
Executive Director

Copyright © May 1, 2001, American Bankruptcy Institute.

ABI Welcomes New Officers

everal new officers and directors were announced at the Annual Spring Meeting in April. The new ABI President is Richardo I. Kilpatrick (Kilpatrick & Associates; Rochester Hills, Mich.). The president serves for a one-year term. President-elect is Andrew W. Caine (Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young & Jones P.C.; Los Angeles). Others in new positions are Judy D. Thompson (Poyner & Spruill LLP; Charlotte, N.C.) as Vice President of Education, Michael P. Richman (Mayer Brown & Platt; New York) as Vice President for Development, John D. Penn (Haynes and Boone LLP; Fort Worth, Texas) as Vice President for Publications, Hon. Wesley Steen (S.D. Texas) as Vice President for Research and Steven G. Golick (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; Toronto) as Vice President for International Affairs.

Bettina M. Whyte (Jay Alix & Associates Inc.; New York) will continue as Treasurer. Prof. G. Ray Warner (visiting professor, St. John's University School of Law) continues as Secretary. Leonard P. Goldberger (White & Williams; Philadelphia) continues as Vice President for Membership. Keith J. Shapiro (Greenberg Traurig; Chicago) is now Immediate Past President, and Ford Elsaesser (Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, Marks & Elliot; Sandpoint, Idaho) is Chairman of the Board of Directors. The ABI Board also approved the addition of eight new members. They will be profiled in the next issue of the Journal.

Special Thanks to All Annual Meeting Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support of our financial sponsors for the Annual Spring Meeting: KPMG LLP, Foothill Capital Corp., BBK Ltd., The PWS Group, Deloitte & Touche Reorganization Services, Bank of America, Argus Asset Recovery LLC, Arthur Andersen LLP, Great American Group, Jay Alix & Associates, Morris Anderson & Associates Ltd., Schottenstein Bernstein Capital Group, Wilmington Trust Co., Ford Motor Credit, Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC, Dow Jones Newswires, Poorman-Douglas Corp. and Mayer, Brown & Platt.

University of Idaho School of Law Wins Annual Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition

The University of Idaho College of Law prevailed over 22 other law school teams to win the Ninth Annual Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Moot Court Competition. Idaho defeated a team from Brooklyn Law School in the final round, which was held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judging the finals were Hon. Edith Hollan Jones (5th Cir.), Hon. David R. Hansen (8th Cir.), Hon. Sidney R. Thomas (9th Cir.), Dean Joseph Bellacosa (St. John's School of Law and former judge of the New York Court of Appeals), Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein (Chief Bankruptcy Judge, S.D.N.Y.) and Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein (Chief Bankruptcy Judge, E.D.N.Y.). A number of ABI members helped to coach teams in this year's competition, including Ford Elsaesser (Idaho), Patricia Redmond (University of Miami), Bill Leech (Mississippi College), Mark Williams (University of Alabama) and Mary Jo Heston (University of Seattle).

ABI Welcomes New Staffer

Christie Rogers joined our staff in March as a desktop publishing specialist. Christie has extensive experience in the design and publications print process, most recently as the graphic designer for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. She created brochures, newsletters, stationery, invitations and other media in addition to working on the MWAA web site. She has a B.A. in public relations from Harding University.



 

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